April 11, 2016 by: Natalie Fleming
The University at Buffalo Art Galleries and the Department of Art are excited to present Sojourn: Rumsey Competition Exhibition, an annual exhibition showcasing the work of sophomore and junior-level students from the Department of Art as they compete for the yearly Rumsey Scholarship. Lauren Goetzmann, the 2015 winner, headlines this year’s exhibition with a live performance piece. Participants competing for the 2016 Rumsey Scholarship are: Linda Jurdi, Jacqueline Litoff, Cody Schriever, Katrina Simonsen, Jessica Smith, Lucas Veraldi and Sophia Yung. The exhibition opens with a public reception in the 2nd Floor Gallery on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 5 to 7pm. The artists will be in attendance.
The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 11 AM to 5 PM; Saturday 1 to 5 PM. For information, please call 716-645-6912. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on view through May 7, 2016.
The Rumsey Scholarship funds travel and study during the summer between the recipient’s junior and senior year. The recipient is selected based on the quality of the exhibited work and a written proposal describing how the award will be used; the decision is made by the entire Art Department faculty. The award recipient(s) will produce work for an exhibition in Fall 2016.
Evelyn Rumsey, the scholarship’s namesake, was born into a prominent Buffalo family. Her brother, Charles Cary Rumsey, was a well-known sculptor, some of whose work has been restored by the Casting Institute. Evelyn was a student of Robert Henri and Charles Hawthorne, and one of her works was exhibited in the New York Armory Show of 1913. According to one critic, “Her most significant work, the early impressionist paintings, establishes her as one of a select group of early 20th-century American Impressionist painters.”